And few things make an older vehicle look sharper than having tires that sparkle with that "like-new" shine.
With proper maintenance, the right products and a little elbow grease, you can have your tires looking like they just rolled off the showroom floor.
And sprucing up your tires for maximum glisten can have benefits beyond mere aesthetics. Apply the right tire dressing product and you’ll not only give your tires that perfect look, but you’ll also be extending the life of your vehicle, which saves you money and helps reduce the environmental impact of discarded tires, as well.
Knowing how to clean and dress your tires will give them the sharp black visuals you crave and also block UV-ray exposure, protecting the tires from cracking and the sidewalls from being chipped away by the sun’s powerful beams.
But first things first, if you want your tires to shine and be protected, the first thing you have to do is wash them. And I’m not talking about spraying them down with the hose; you’re going to have to exert some energy to do the type of washing that will enable you to get the most out of the tire dressing you are going to apply. Even new tires should be washed prior to dressing them.
Naturally, tires collect a whole host of dirt and grime on them as they roll from place to place. These pollutants work their way deep into the tire’s pores, and simply spraying them off (even with a pressure washer) isn’t going to clean them effectively. And you’ll need to get rid of dirt and grime completely if you want your shine application to be perfect.
I recommend using a citrus based cleaning and degreasing product or similar all-purpose cleaner, which is applied in advance and allowed to pre-soak for a few minutes.
Once this has been done, take a stiff bristled brush, agitate the surface which will remove the dirt and particles from deep within the tire.
Now is also a good time to clean your wheels. You can use a brush to get deep inside the wheel, into the outside face of the wheel and back into the spokes.
This part of the job can seem like a lot of work – and it is – but detailing automobiles is a painstaking process, but oh-so worth it in the end.
Once your tires are good and clean – free from all the dirt and grime that tires inevitably collect – it’s time to apply the tire dressing that will simultaneously give them that renewed look and protect them from damage caused by the big bad sun.
The application method will vary depending on the product that you use, and it is important to follow the instructions because applying too much or too little can diminish the effectiveness, particularly from an appearances point-of-view.
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Let’s be honest here: tires are meant to get dirty. That’s their job. However, every now and then you want your entire automobile to radiate a sparkling shimmer, and having the right tools, knowledge and detailing product on hand can really make the difference when you are trying to buff up a set of older tires.
Jack Payton enjoys getting dirty and then buffing up. He is a freelance writer for online tire retailer tires-easy.com